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Impeachment Is an Embarrassment to the United States

Impeachment Is an Embarrassment to the United States
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) speaks with a staffer as constitutional scholars testify before the House Judiciary Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill December 4, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Michael Dorstewitz By Wednesday, 04 December 2019 03:07 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Every American should be embarrassed by the manner in which the House Judiciary Committee took up the impeachment process Wednesday, and especially by the events that led up to that charade.

First of all there’s the timing.

All of Washington was aware that President Donald Trump would represent the United States at the London NATO summit this week. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chose the first day of the summit to release his impeachment report. The House Judiciary Committee will begin impeachment hearings on the summit’s second day.

Former independent counsel Ken Starr called the timing "outrageous" and "scandalous" on Fox News Tuesday.

"It is, I think, outrageous, a great disservice to our country," he said. "We have continuances in trials all the bloody time. So, why would you do this?"

Former George W. Bush Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove likened the timing to “a deliberate stick in the eye of the president.”

But more egregious than the timing was the process.

As late as March, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she could never approve an impeachment investigation absent Republican support.

“I’ve been thinking about this, impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path because it divides the country,” the California Democrat told The Washington Post Magazine. “And he’s just not worth it.”

Her resolve didn’t last long. On Halloween day — and with Pelosi’s blessing — the House approved a resolution to begin an impeachment inquiry. The measure passed largely along party lines, 232-196. The only thing bipartisan about it were the nay votes: Two Democrats broke ranks to vote against the measure and with the GOP.

Rather than send the matter to the House Judiciary Committee where it belonged, the speaker handed it to the Intelligence Committee, led by Schiff, who House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, D-Calif., said would “lie about anything” in his quest to impeach the president.

Now that the impeachment process finally heads to the Judiciary Committee, the process will be directed by its chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat who actually campaigned for the chairmanship by claiming to be the “strongest member to lead a potential impeachment.”

Minority Leader McCarthy posted a reminder for Nadler Tuesday afternoon in the form of Nadler’s own words last year.

“2018 Jerry Nadler has a warning for 2019 Jerry Nadler,” McCarthy tweeted, along with a video in which Nadler stated, "A partisan impeachment would tear the country apart.”

Nadler continued, “You have to be able to think at the beginning of the impeachment process that the evidence is so clear of offenses so grave that once you’ve laid out all the evidence, a good fraction of the opposition voters will ... reluctantly admit to themselves that they had to do it.”

When Schiff released his committee’s report Tuesday, it didn’t describe the clear and convincing evidence Nadler said was a prerequisite to impeach — it was instead what the White House described as something that “reads like the ramblings of a basement blogger.”

Harvard Law School graduate and Breitbart senior editor-at-large Joel Pollak was a bit more specific. He went through what the framers provided as the basis and process for impeachment, and concluded that that “instead of ‘Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors,’ Democrats are trying to impeach the president on the basis of tweets he posted in his own defense against their own, arguably partisan, inquisition.”

If the process appears to have been predestined, shoehorned, and choreographed by House Democrats, that’s because it probably was — with major news outlets aiding and abetting the process along the way.

Consider this: Trump’s inauguration ceremony commenced on January 20, 2017, at 12 noon. Seventeen minutes later, at 12:17 p.m., The Washington Post ran this headline: “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun.”

The United States was heralded at its founding as a unique institution for its time — one that swore an allegiance to a constitution and a set of written statutes rather its leaders. “A nation of laws and not of men” is how it was described.

With the impeachment proceedings, we’ve since devolved into something even more abhorrent than a nation ruled by the lawless whims of individuals: We’ve become a nation of cowards, one that’s afraid to accept the will of the people; one that has lost all faith in the legal process and respect for the Constitution to which they swore an allegiance.

House Democrats are turning the United States into an embarrassment and a grotesque caricature of its former grandeur — because after three years, they still refuse to accept the results of an election.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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Every American should be embarrassed by the manner in which the House Judiciary Committee took up the impeachment process Wednesday, and especially by the events that led up to that charade.
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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 03:07 PM
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